danabso's reading history

Cover imageTarzan of the Apes (Signet Classics)

by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Finished on June 19th 2009
Rated by danabso: 5 out of 5
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I loved it!!! It's my new favorite!!!

Cover imageLittle Brother

by Cory Doctorow
Finished on June 12th 2009
Rated by danabso: 4 out of 5

Cover imageAdventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain
Finished on May 15th 2009
Rated by danabso: 5 out of 5

Cover imageA Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens
Finished on December 29th 2008
Rated by danabso: 5 out of 5
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A classic indeed.

Cover imageWuthering Heights

by Emily Bronte
Finished on July 24th 2008
Rated by danabso: 4 out of 5
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Wuthering Heights is a well written dreadful story (BEWARE OF SPOILERS) This book was well written, but hard to read because the characters are so awful, just deplorable human beings. However, as I read on I found a few characters to keep me on my quest of giving it's old prose a second chance. These were Nellie Dean of coarse, Catherine Linton, and Hareton Earnshaw. I hated this book in high school, but I must say, it's much better than I remember. The character's moral temperment made me loathe them, and reading about them. Their extreme emotion and passion, like Catherine's last embrace with Heathcliff was pretty cool, but at the same time, Catherine's love couldn't have been that great for Heathcliff if she married another for social status. If I met these people I would go on a diatribe about their moral character, but hey, if this was something new and different from other literature back when Emily Bronte wrote this, and she was trying to do something different with these characters than what was normal, then that is something to be commended. It all came together for me a little while after Linton Heathcliff's death and Young Catherine's livelyhood overtook her grief. I must say, she's a pretty tough cookie, though she can be a brat, she had enough in her to make me care enough to find out what would happen to her. I suppose I hated Heathcliff enough too, to want to see how his life would end and in what manner, though if Nellie, Catherine, and Hareton hadn't brightened the pages a bit, I wouldn't have cared enough to keep turning them till the denouement. All in all I give this dreadful volume a 4 because it was so well written, and though the story was rough because it's characters were so awfully wretched, a few beat through the dim to leave you at peace in stead of disgust as the story ended with a bit of joy; and though I didn't want to admit it to myself, this old Gothic tale became a page turner for me near the end, and I love page turners! May you live in peace young Catherine and Hareton, forgetting all of your families dark history!

Cover imageJourney to the Centre of the Earth (Puffin Classics)

by Jules Verne
Finished on July 11th 2008
Rated by danabso: 4 out of 5
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A Great Adventure (BEWARE OF SPOILERS) This tale of Axel, his uncle Lidenbrock, and the formidable rad Icelander and guide Hans, was quite entertaining. Their journey to retrace the trail of Arne Saknussemm to the depths of the earth was much fun. I really enjoyed the juxtaposition of Axel's more regular behavior and reasoning to that of his uncle's extreme feverish moods and utter determination to go on no matter what the circumstances. Hans, my favorite character, was a solid rock free of all emotion, silently saving the other's from certain death on multiple occasions. There were some great moments where I feared for the lives of the travelers, and others where I in no way grew jealous of the travels they endured. I really liked the part where they came to the sea, discovered the forest of overgrown mushrooms, and sailed on their raft. A good read, and easier than Verne's 20,000 Leagues under the sea. I found the plot clever, when coming up with what to do while traveling underground through a tunnel, Jules Verne is proved is this volume to have a bright imagination.

Cover imagePirate Jack

by Alessandro V. Cima
Finished on July 9th 2008
Rated by danabso: 4 out of 5

Cover imageRobinson Crusoe (Barnes & Noble Classics)

by Daniel Defoe
Finished on June 27th 2008
Rated by danabso: 4 out of 5

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Finished on June 20th 2008